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Ukraine's refugees from embattled east escape to Kiev

Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 01:40

Refugees from eastern Ukraine arrive in Kiev after being driven out by constant shelling, as the U.S. denies a split with Europe over their Russia policy. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Some 170 people evacuated from the eastern-Ukrainian town of Debaltseve arrive in Kiev. One refugee says that intense fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops had made life unbearable at home... ...with shelling a constant threat. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) REFUGEE FROM DEBALTSEVE, VIKTOR, SAYING: "There was no electricity, water or heat...I haven't showered for two weeks, the TV didn't work, so we didn't get any information, nothing. It is crazy there, a real humanitarian catastrophe." Elsewhere in the embattled east, a Russian convoy delivers humantiarian aid to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. The West accuses Russia of aiding the pro-separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine -- a charge Russia denies. As world leaders seek to end the conflict that's killed more than 5,000 people, leading U.S. senators criticize Germany and other nations who oppose sending arms to Ukraine's military. . But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -- speaking in Munich Sunday -- denies any split between the U.S. and Europe over Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Let me assure everybody, there is no division, there is no split -- I keep hearing people trying to create one -- we are united, we are working closely together, we all agree that this challenge will not end through military force, we are united in our diplomacy." For those caught in the cross-fire -- now without a home or job -- a peace deal can't come soon enough.

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Ukraine's refugees from embattled east escape to Kiev

Sunday, February 08, 2015 - 01:40